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Achnacarry Castle, the ancestral home of the chiefs of Clan Cameron, was crucial to the allied campaign against the Axis powers during WW2.


The castle, about 15 miles north east of Fort William, was used to train elite commandos from Britain and the US as well as France, the Netherlands, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Belgium from 1942 to 1945.


Earlier excavations have uncovered live ammunition, including bullets from captured German weapons.The grounds of Achnacarry House are the focus of a research project involving Lochaber Archaeology Society.


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Excavating Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis

Members of Lochaber Archaeology Society were amongst the volunteers conducting the first excavations at Dun Deardail.


Having never been dug before, very little is known about the hillfort at Dun Deardail or the people who built it. This first phase of excavations will reveal new information about the fort, from details about the construction of the defences to learning whether the traces of any buildings remain in the interior, and will also aim to date the site. The project runs over three years, and the results of 2015’s excavations will inform further work which will take place in 2016 and 2017.


Excavations at Dun Deardail are taking place in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) as part of Nevis Landscape Partnership, which is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Uncovering the Commando: Achnacarry


The ruins of a medieval Highland castle are once again accessible and attractive thanks to the work of local volunteers.

* Laser Survey images added 11/2016

A DVD is available of the Achnacarry project that highlights the role of 30,000 commandos who trained in Lochaber.

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Dun Deardail is a vitrified hillfort; its wooden and stone defences were burned at such high temperatures, and for such a long time, that the stone fused together. This phenomenon was previously thought to be unintentional, the result of accident or attack, but experimental archaeology has shown that vitrification occurs only after long periods of burning.

A Survey in Glen Turret has identified significant, previously unrecorded sites.

Medieval Highland castle once again accessible

The ruins of a medieval Highland castle are once again accessible and attractive thanks to the work of local volunteers.


The castle at Torcastle near Banavie, which is designated a scheduled monument, is set on a prominent knoll overlooking the River Lochy.


Until recently it had been hidden within an overgrown jungle.


But following approval from Historic Environment Scotland, Lochaber Archaeological Society undertook the necessary work to safeguard and make visible what remains of the medieval tower house.


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Glen Turret Survey

Glen Turret is located at the northeast end of Glen Roy, a well-known landscape for the geomorphological conditions, the ‘parallel roads’ caused by glaciation. Glen Turret runs along the River Turret northwest from Brae Roy Lodge, near the northeast end of Glen Roy


An archaeological walkover survey was conducted by Lochaber Archaeological Society and AOC Archaeology as part of an initial study of the Glen Turret landscape, which appeared to have undergone no or very little archaeological study in the past. In particular, the survey aimed to ground-truth the location of several possible sites noted on modern aerial imagery.


An initial day of survey in Glen Turret has identified significant, previously unrecorded sites, including one possible prehistoric roundhouse, three farmsteads pre-dating the 19th century settlement, a group of shielings and other post-medieval buildings present on the site of a recorded 19th century sheep farm.

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Banquo’s Walk, a wide, tree-lined avenue with parallel banks, has long been believed to have been formed as a ceremonial route associated with folklore.

Culloden House - Survey

Download the AOC report of Geophysical Survey & Metal-Detector Survey at Culloden House Inverness.

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Torcastle Lime Kiln

An ongoing project to fully explore this lime kiln at Torcastle - Photographs here.

Banquo's Walk.

Banquo’s Walk, a wide, tree-lined avenue with parallel banks, has long been believed to have been formed as a ceremonial route associated with folklore attached to the nearby ruins of Tor-castle. However, the 8m-wide route, which ended abruptly at both ends, was located in line with no known sites or features. Combined with its extreme width and low-lying surface, the assumption of it construction as a road was brought into question.


The route of Banquo’s Walk has evoked much legend and intrigue over time in association with the castle at Torcastle and the tenuous links of Clan Cameron to Banquo. In order to learn more about the construction and potential use of the site, a survey and archaeological evaluation was undertaken in November 2016 by Lochaber Archaeological Society.